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Specialty Coffee Blog

A blog where we share guides, tips & tricks, and the news of the coffee world. From how to make better brews, to what's going on in the industry and beyond...

How to Make a Macchiato - Recipe 18
Jun
How to Make a Macchiato - Recipe
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

What is a macchiato? The macchiato is often misunderstood or confused with other similarly named coffees. A true, specialty macchiato is favored by coffee lovers who enjoy the strength and impact of an espresso, but would like a little drop of milk to take the edge off. The origin of...

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How to Make an Americano - Recipe 14
Jun
How to Make an Americano - Recipe
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

What is an Americano? If you like your coffee simple but full of flavor, the Americano could be for you.  Lacking the intensity of straight espresso, this diluted version offers a more nuanced experience, bridging the gap between espresso and filter coffee. The origin of the Americano During World War...

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Latte Recipe - How To Make It? 08
Jun
Latte Recipe - How To Make It?
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

What is a latte? The latte is a universally loved coffee.  Enjoyed equally by hardcore coffee connoisseurs and those just dipping their toe into the world of coffee.  Lattes are popular since they are easily customized and deliver a delicious, mellow way to enjoy a caffeine hit. The history of...

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Cappuccino Recipe - How To Make It? 24
May
Cappuccino Recipe - How To Make It?
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

What is a cappuccino? A Cappuccino is a classic drink with a long-lasting appeal.  Blending the bold flavor of espresso with skilfully textured milk, the cappuccino elevates coffee with milk to a sensory experience. But despite its iconic status, its definition and even its origin remain among the most difficult...

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The 7 Best Coffee Hand Grinders 18
May
The 7 Best Coffee Hand Grinders
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Having spent years in the coffee gear industry and attended numerous expos, I've tested many grinders. Through this, I've identified what makes a hand grinder exceptional. In this post, I'll discuss key factors for choosing a grinder, highlight the best hand grinders, and point out models to avoid. The 7...

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Flat White Recipe - How To Make It? 16
May
Flat White Recipe - How To Make It?
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

What is a flat white? The flat white is an iconic specialty coffee; synonymous with the rise of third wave coffee in the late 20th century.  Its antipodean roots have given way to global appeal, making it the drink of choice for many discerning coffee lovers.  But what is a...

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In Depth Guide to Pour-Over Coffee 08
May
In Depth Guide to Pour-Over Coffee
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

How To Make A Pour-Over To be able to get the a balanced pour-over, you need to have control control over various variables. This guide will explore methods and adjustments critical for achieving consistency and evenness in extraction, allowing you to fine-tune your brewing process to perfection. Pour-over Technique The objective of...

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Cortado Recipe - How To Make It 06
May
Cortado Recipe - How To Make It
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

What is a cortado? The Cortado is a specialty coffee drink which is fast gaining in popularity.  Despite this, it is still sometimes misunderstood.  If you like your coffee short, punchy and balanced; this could be your new favourite recipe. First, though, you need to understand just what makes this...

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The 6 Best AeroPress Accessories 30
Apr
The 6 Best AeroPress Accessories
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Coffee enthusiasts know that the AeroPress is a remarkable brewing tool, versatile, and loved for its ability to produce a delicious cup of coffee that rivals even the most advanced machines. However, to improve your AeroPress even further, incorporating the right accessories can transform a great brewing experience into an...

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Café Collectif 2024 Edition - Specialty Coffee Festival 23
Apr
Café Collectif 2024 Edition - Specialty Coffee Festival
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Café Collectif: The Specialty Coffee Festival returns this Spring with Even More to Offer! Good news for specialty coffee lovers! The Café Collectif festival, which enjoyed great success at its first edition last year, is announcing its return to Montreal this spring. Coffee enthusiasts can already mark their calendars for...

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The 4 Best Eureka Mignon Mods 29
Mar
The 4 Best Eureka Mignon Mods
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

For those aiming to upgrade their Mignon grinder, this article provides the essential mods to significantly improve your coffee brewing. Single Dose Hopper A single-dose hopper is designed for those who value precision grinding and fresh coffee with each brew. It allows for grinding just the right amount of beans,...

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Portafilter Baskets - Will They Improve Your Espresso? 12
Mar
Portafilter Baskets - Will They Improve Your Espresso?
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

Should I Upgrade My Espresso Baskets? Espresso (also known as portafilter baskets) baskets’ vital role in coffee extraction is so often overlooked.  If you own a coffee machine, it’s likely you’ve been content to use the basket supplied with it.  If you have problems with your espresso extraction and flavor,...

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The 5 Best EK43 Mods - Upgrade Your Mahlkonig Grinder 11
Mar
The 5 Best EK43 Mods - Upgrade Your Mahlkonig Grinder
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

The Mahlkönig EK43 is celebrated for its grind quality and versatility but isn't without its shortcomings, particularly when it comes to cleanliness and single-dose efficiency. Out of the box, the EK43 can be quite messy, with grind retention and spillage being common issues. Moreover, its design, originally intended for high-volume...

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Resting Coffee - How Long To Let Rest After Roasting? 31
Jan
Resting Coffee - How Long To Let Rest After Roasting?
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

As coffee lovers we’re often told to choose coffee that is recently roasted, which is a great idea. However, it would be easy to follow that logic and conclude that that the fresher the coffee, the better it is but this is not necessarily true. Brewing coffee straight from the...

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What is RDT (Ross Droplet Technique) - Coffee Grinding Tips 03
Nov
What is RDT (Ross Droplet Technique) - Coffee Grinding Tips
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

What is RDT? The Ross Droplet Technique (RDT), once a niche addition to espresso brewing methods, is becoming increasingly popular among home baristas. But what is it, and how will it benefit you when making your daily caffeine fix? Given it’s impressive-sounding title, the Ross Droplet Technique could not be...

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8 Best Gifts For Espresso Lovers (Updated For 2023) 13
Oct
8 Best Gifts For Espresso Lovers (Updated For 2023)
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

If you have an espresso lover in your life, you may feel disoriented when it comes to selecting the perfect gift for them. Espresso lovers are known for their attention to detail and specific tastes—qualities that make the coffee itself so delicious but can make gift-giving a challenge. Fear not!...

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4 Best Mods For The Fellow Ode 08
Oct
4 Best Mods For The Fellow Ode
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

If you're already a proud owner of the Fellow Ode, you'll know that it's an excellent brew grinder straight out of the box. However, coffee geeks understand that there's always room for improvement. Whether you want to improve retention or precision, here are four mods that can elevate your Fellow...

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Understanding Coffee Extraction By Taste 23
Aug
Understanding Coffee Extraction By Taste
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Coffee extraction, on the surface, is merely dissolving ground coffee in hot water. However, the journey to a great cup involves a delicate balance: water-to-coffee ratio, precision in the grind, roast quality, water temperature, and brewing time. Struggling to attain the perfect brew? This article delves into the core concepts of...

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Coffee Brewing Ratio - The Most Important Factor In A Great Brew 12
Aug
Coffee Brewing Ratio - The Most Important Factor In A Great Brew
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

When you start getting into specialty coffee, the biggest step you can take to improve flavour is to invest in a decent set of barista scales and start weighing your coffee. A lot of people think this is overkill, but it makes such a difference! Once you start thinking about...

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WDT Tools - A Guide & What You Need to Know 31
Jul
WDT Tools - A Guide & What You Need to Know
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

From a humble beginning as a suggestion in coffee forums, the WDT tool, or Weiss Distribution Technique, has now cemented its place in standard espresso brewing. Especially valuable for espresso newcomers or those finding it tough to achieve the perfect shot, a WDT tool could be your espresso savior. It's...

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How To Tamp Espresso - Can You Really Press Too Hard? 10
Jul
How To Tamp Espresso - Can You Really Press Too Hard?
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

If you own a home espresso machine, it’s obvious that you’re pretty serious about coffee. But knowing how to use that equipment to make the perfect cup of coffee is sometimes trickier than we first think. There are lots of pitfalls and bad habits even professional baristas encounter which can...

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Espresso Paper Filters Tested : Improving Your Extractions 12
Jun
Espresso Paper Filters Tested : Improving Your Extractions
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Some of you have asked us on Instagram why we put a paper filter on the bottom of the portafilter. I'll tell you how paper filters affect the flavor of espresso in this article. Hopefully, you gain insights to optimize your brewing process and achieve exceptional results in your quest...

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How To Improve Your Pour Over 07
Jun
How To Improve Your Pour Over
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Preparing coffee involves both science and art. Brewing the perfect cup is not a matter of luck but a careful balance of precision, knowledge, and technique. In this article, we discuss important principles that lay the foundation for making great coffee. Uniformity is Key You may have heard grind uniformity...

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Reducing Astringency & Dryness in Coffee 22
May
Reducing Astringency & Dryness in Coffee
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

In the pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee, one of the most critical aspects that influences the taste is the management of astringency. In this article, we will delve into the heart of this topic, shedding light on the most effective techniques to control and reduce astringency, and ultimately...

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What Are Fines? - Understanding Coffee Particle Size 13
May
What Are Fines? - Understanding Coffee Particle Size
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

If you are starting to get interested in coffee extraction and grind size, you've probably heard the term fines. To understand what they are, you've come to the right place.  Fines in coffee extraction and flavor are often misunderstood. Let's break down fines' role, and their different impacts on espresso...

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The Pour Over Bloom - Coffee Pre-Infusion 08
May
The Pour Over Bloom - Coffee Pre-Infusion
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

The pour over bloom, a critical step in coffee brewing, involves pouring hot water over coffee grounds to release trapped gases, enhancing flavor and aroma. But do you know when to bloom? This article provides comprehensive information about blooming coffee to help you optimize your coffee brewing experience. What is...

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Espresso In Depth: Understanding Pressure and Flow 28
Apr
Espresso In Depth: Understanding Pressure and Flow
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

For espresso enthusiasts, there's nothing quite like watching syrupy coffee being pumped out of the machine. As we marvel at the transformation of our morning coffee into a cup of perfection, it's easy to forget what goes on behind the scenes. In reality, there's a lot that happens in those...

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How to Make Your Own Coffee Brewing Water 08
Apr
How to Make Your Own Coffee Brewing Water
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Do you love the taste of coffee from your favorite café but can't seem to replicate it at home? The culprit may be your tap water! Don't worry; there's a solution: make your own brewing water! It's a game-changer for anyone serious about brewing the perfect cup of coffee. Ready...

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5 Best Coffee Grinder for Filter and Pour Over (2024 Update) 09
Mar
5 Best Coffee Grinder for Filter and Pour Over (2024 Update)
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

In this blog post, we introduce the top 5 coffee grinders of 2023 for filter coffee enthusiasts. Understanding that the right grinder is key to superior coffee, we provide detailed assessments of five market leaders to guide your selection process. The Importance of Quality Coffee Burrs In coffee grinders, burrs...

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Understanding Flat vs Conical Burr Grinders 23
Feb
Understanding Flat vs Conical Burr Grinders
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

It is widely held among coffee aficionados that a high-quality coffee grinder is an essential tool in the pursuit of exceptional coffee. Choosing the right grinder, however, involves a decision between two main types of burrs: the flat burr and the conical burr. In this article, we will take a...

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Storing Your Coffee Beans - The 3 Best Ways 17
Feb
Storing Your Coffee Beans - The 3 Best Ways
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Achieving the perfect cup of coffee isn't as easy as it seems, as it requires not only a meticulous brewing process but also the usage of fresh beans. In order to keep the freshness and delightful taste of your cherished coffee, you to store it in an appropriate manner. In...

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The 10 Different Types of Coffee Drinks Explained 13
Feb
The 10 Different Types of Coffee Drinks Explained
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Thrilled about your new espresso machine but unsure of various coffee drinks? Coffee shops offer a wide variety of beverages, which can be confusing. We'll elucidate the distinctions among popular coffee drinks to enhance your brewing experience and enjoyment. Different types of espresso-based drinks explained Understanding specialty coffee intricacies requires...

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Espresso, Impossible to Enjoy? 05
Feb
Espresso, Impossible to Enjoy?
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

After reading Dany Marquis' article yesterday on the Brulerie du Quai blog, I decided to take the time to analyze it and make a more constructive than emotional response. For an article that was intended to be informative, it made many people react. Including me! Being more of a filter...

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The Chemex: How a Simple Coffee Maker Became an Icon 23
Jan
The Chemex: How a Simple Coffee Maker Became an Icon
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

In 1941, German chemist Dr. Peter Schlumbohm created the Chemex, a glass coffee maker unlike any other. Its hourglass shape and thick filter paper allow for a more precise extraction process, resulting in a clean and flavorful cup of coffee. The Chemex became popular in the United States in the...

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The 7 Best Coffee Shops in Quebec City - A Guide for the Thirsty Traveler 18
Jan
The 7 Best Coffee Shops in Quebec City - A Guide for the Thirsty Traveler
1 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

If you’re looking for a caffeine fix during your travels to Quebec City, then you’ve come to the right place. Quebec City is a beautiful, vibrant city with a rich culture and history. And while it’s known for its history, there’s something else that Quebec City has to offer—a thriving...

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How To Use A French Press - Coffee Recipe 09
Jan
How To Use A French Press - Coffee Recipe
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

There’s a point in everyone’s coffee journey where we want the maximum experience out of the coffee that we enjoy. Part of the experience is finding out how exactly brewing methods change the cup dynamics of their favorite coffees. French Press is one of the staple brewing methods that everyone...

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Espresso Martini: Making a Frothy Classic for the Coffee Lovers 31
Dec
Espresso Martini: Making a Frothy Classic for the Coffee Lovers
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

What is an Espresso Martini? The signature Espresso Martini. This magical elixir has been jumpstarting nights, extending evenings, and reviving post-dinner spirits since the 1980s! Experience its delectable blend of energizing espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur for a unique pick-me-up - cheers to being pleasantly jolted awake with every sip....

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Lelit Bianca V3 Review: Does It Deliver What It Promises? 29
Dec
Lelit Bianca V3 Review: Does It Deliver What It Promises?
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

For coffee connoisseurs, the Lelit Bianca V3 is one of the hottest new espresso machines on the market. This machine has been hailed as a game-changer in the world of home espresso making, but does it deliver on its promises? Let's dive into what makes this brand so beloved by...

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The 7 Best Espresso Machine Under 500 (Updated for 2024) 16
Dec
The 7 Best Espresso Machine Under 500 (Updated for 2024)
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Are you ready to take your love of coffee to the next level? Well then, it's time to become a home barista! Before you invest in an espresso machine, though, there are a few things you should know about making this bold caffeinated beverage. Don't worry - even if you're...

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The 7 Best Budget Espresso Grinders for 2024 13
Dec
The 7 Best Budget Espresso Grinders for 2024
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

So, you've decided to dive into espresso and you find yourself in a world of espresso machines and grinders. Well welcome, friend! Since the espresso world can be quite intimidating, let me just confirm right now that when it comes to espresso-making equipment, the grinder is just as important as...

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What is Third Wave Coffee? 10
Dec
What is Third Wave Coffee?
0 commentPost by : Louis-Charles Blais

Do you like coffee? If so, then you're probably familiar with the different waves of coffee. As one of the world's most popular beans, coffee has been through some note-worthy seasons. From the first coffee wave's commercialization, all the way to the third wave's sustainability and innovation, the mighty bean...

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11 Best Gifts For Coffee Lovers (Updated For 2023) 04
Dec
11 Best Gifts For Coffee Lovers (Updated For 2023)
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Coffee lovers are known to be hard to find a gift for. If you are new to the coffee scene or don't know a lot about it, it can be daunting. Luckily for you, we made a like of the best coffee gift ideas. Whether your giftee is into pour-overs,...

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Bleached vs Unbleached Coffee Filters: What's the Difference? 18
Nov
Bleached vs Unbleached Coffee Filters: What's the Difference?
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

A lot goes into making good coffee, the beans, the grinder, and small things like coffee filters. Coffee filters might seem like a detail, but it makes a difference in the coffee you make. With metal, paper, and cloth filters available, how do you choose the right one? What's the...

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The Wet Weiss - WDT a Pour Over's Best Friend? 15
Nov
The Wet Weiss - WDT a Pour Over's Best Friend?
1 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

When it comes to brewing a perfect cup of coffee, there's no denying that agitation is key. That's why so many baristas prefer the pour-over method - it allows for a thorough saturation of the coffee grounds, leading to a better extraction and ultimately a tastier cup of joe. But...

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Fellow Ode Gen 2 Review - Has It Improved? 11
Nov
Fellow Ode Gen 2 Review - Has It Improved?
2 commentsPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

There's a new coffee grinder in town, meet the Fellow Ode Gen 2 - an update to one of the most hyped coffee grinders. Designed for the home barista and coffee experts alike. We'll go over its updates and features, how it compares to the first generation, and if it's...

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How to Choose a Pour Over Dripper 06
Nov
How to Choose a Pour Over Dripper
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

If you're a coffee lover, chances are you've heard of the V60 dripper. The V60 is a conical coffee dripper that's popular for its flexibility and ability to produce a clean cup of coffee. The type of dripper you choose can completely change the flavor of your coffee. So if...

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The Most Expensive Coffee - A New World Record! 31
Oct
The Most Expensive Coffee - A New World Record!
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

We all know that specialty coffee can be expensive. Have you ever wondered how much people are willing to pay for premium coffee? Recently, the record was set for the most expensive coffee sold. Hint, it's not the infamous Kopi Luwak. If you're interested in knowing what's the most expensive...

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Specialty Coffee Guide - How to Buy 27
Oct
Specialty Coffee Guide - How to Buy
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Let's face it, most of us are addicted to coffee. If you're new to buying coffee or want to buy better coffee, it can sometimes be overwhelming. There are so many choices! Light roast or dark? Strength? Tasting notes? Where should you even buy coffee?! There's an entire world of...

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What is Espresso Channeling?  How to Fix it! 22
Oct
What is Espresso Channeling? How to Fix it!
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

You know those times when you go to make espresso and water just starts shooting out of the portafilter instead of going through the coffee? Yeah, that’s called channeling and it’s the bane of every espresso lover's existence. Channeling makes for a less than satisfactory espresso. So, what is this...

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How to Steam Milk: A Comprehensive Guide 21
Oct
How to Steam Milk: A Comprehensive Guide
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Ever find yourself at a coffee shop, watching the barista steam milk and thinking, Wow, I wish I could do that! Well, you can! With a couple of simple steps and a little practice, you'll be making barista-quality milk. And who knows, maybe one day you'll be the one making lattes...

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